ST. PAUL, Minn. - Friday night lights are one thing, but toss in one or two national television cameras and a big game becomes a bit bigger.
"We have a very big game (Friday)," smiled Jodi Loeblin-Lecker, Cretin-Derham Hall's Activities Director. "It's our homecoming."
The matchup between Cretin and Stillwater also happens to the first ever nationally-televised high school game in Minnesota.
"The kids are extremely excited about it, but at the same time we know we don't need to get excited about a football game against Cretin," said Stillwater football coach Beau LaBore.
The extra end zone bleachers were added on Friday afternoon at O'Shuaghnessy Stadium on the campus of the University of St Thomas, Cretin's home field.
The national crew will have its eyes on Cretin's junior defensive end Jashon Cornell.
Cornell is ranked as the No. 1 junior player in the country by ESPN.
In the meantime, the Stillwater Ponies will play possum.
"We're not going to get ramped up in everything that's taking place. We're just going to play our best football game," said LaBore.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The game will air on ESPN 2.
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